Chamberlain Walker

Evidence-based planning

Local plan-making is behind schedule. According to figures published by the Planning Inspectorate, less than a third of local planning authorities have an up-to-date plan. That’s why ministers have set a deadline of ‘early 2017’ for local planning authorities to sort it, or face intervention. But new analysis compiled by ChamberlainWalker shows local planning authorities are serious about evidence-based planning: around 90% of authorities have published a new or updated Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) since 2012 when the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) was published. The NPPF says authorities should prepare a SHMA to assess their full housing needs, working with neighbouring authorities where housing market areas cross administrative boundaries.